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    07-17-2013, 05:58 PM
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I would love to go to Ireland again but the logistics involved in finding someone to take care of 5 horses & 5 dogs - one of which hates anyone that isn't a family member sort of ties one of us down here all the time.
We had a lot more family & friend support in the UK to get away for a break together
I didn't realize your DH wasn't Canadian
We've been thinking of Canada as a place to relocate too - more space than the UK and I have an aunt/uncle there (Ontario) plus a load of cousins, second cousins and now third cousins too so I'd feel less isolated.
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    07-18-2013, 11:10 PM
I'm Baaa-aaaa-ck

See what happens when I leave my thread to languish for a while? It becomes a chatting ground for ex-pats Ladies thank you for noticing my absence.

My commitment to this thread was de-railed when I had end of term and elderly relative visits fast approaching. Suddenly my life was too busy and I think my feeling of guilt at not blogging grew each day so that I didn't dare return to face my shame....

One entire school year over. Wow!! My son has grown physically, mentally, and emotionally. Finally, and with the excellent Canadian Health System and pro-active approach to child health to thank, son has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. Now I know WHY he is uncoordinated, has poor fine motor control, and doesn't stop moving except when sleeping or reading. What SPD is would be a whole different blog or essay, neither of which I am going to attempt here. Suffice it to say that I am eternally grateful that we moved to Canada where the schooling system is not so rigidly measured that the only solution to an extraordinary child is to squash the extraordinary out of him. Also that we moved to Canada where annual child health checks are the norm, and doctors listen to a mother's concerns with interest. Onwards and ever upwards

But, oh... the school holidays are so loooong! 2 or 3 weeks longer than in the UK. I am a big fan of the 'Camp' things. I put it in quotes because at son's age they don't really camp, nor stay overnight. But the concept of taking your child somewhere where they receive organised and healthy fun for a number of days in a row seems to me to be BRILLIANT one. I have booked son in on a Dinosaur Camp, and a Soccer Camp.

I continue to meet new friends, how great is that?! Today we went over to a mother that I met through school council. She has four children, my son fits between children 2 and 3, so they played together excellently. New friend and I got on really well, and we hope to repeat the visit again in the summer.

Oh yes, my vocabulary is changing. I haven't quite used the verb 'to visit' in it's North American form, but any day now I am sure it will slip out of my mouth. And I have noticed that my sentence structure is altering too. No longer will I tell son to "go and take off your shoes", now I am just as likely to say "go take off your shoes". I don't think that it's just lazy speech, I think it's the influence of what I hear.

We are not planning to go away this summer, partly because we are still 'on holiday' in this big and sunny land; and also because I was so bamboozled with choice that I didn't book us anything at all. If I get fed up of being here, I will pack us up for a few days and install a house sitter. But I'm not fed up yet - sunshine, horses, dogs, barbecue, fire pit, repeat repeat repeat. What more could a girl want?!

Now I will go and update my sadly ignored horsey blog too.
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    07-19-2013, 10:15 AM
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Glad you're OK and still enjoying life there
You do have to adapt your vocabulary - it just makes life easier when they understand what you're wanting, I think mostly they get used to me too though my 'I'll pop along later' still seems to create amusement.
The more I hear about life in Canada the more I think maybe that's where we should be - if only the housing market would pick up
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    07-19-2013, 06:45 PM
K Days Parade (formerly known as Klondike Days Parade I believe). It was one of those 'the locals know what to do' events. I scoured the web beforehand looking for information, but could only find the official sites that gave me "yeah excitement!" but not knowledge of what to do and where to go. Luckily, we arrived in plenty of time and found front row seats on the pavement. Unluckily I am not a seasoned Parade-goer, and so didn't bring camping seats, picnic blankets, copious snacks etc etc etc.

A strange collection of floats, marching bands, charities, soldiers, policemen, more policemen, RCMP men, Sherrifs (how many law enforcers does Canada have?!), John Deere equipment, cars 'n' stuff. Fun, but exhausting.

I have bought tickets for son and I to go to the K Days Carnival next week. It's funny here near Edmonton; I never know whether something is going to be "North American Big and Awesome" or "small city biggish and trying hard". Whichever it is, I suspect I will empty my purse for copious amounts of processed sugar and processed plastic. But heck, if I want to burn childhood memories into my son then I've got to do it
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    07-25-2013, 11:04 PM

The school summer holidays are a challenge for son and I - he likes to read and playstation, I like to live in the great many compromises and arguments along the way. But today a friend introduced us to Geocaching which is little like treasure hunting around the world using GPS or iPhone apps.

It kept him amused, and me happy in the outdoors, so definitely a winner. Blue skies and sunshine help as well too

We went back to friends house after so all the children could play in the pool. What a life.
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    07-29-2013, 06:05 PM
My muck bucket normally has lots of things buzzing around it - obviously, it's full of muck! So I didn't think twice about dragging it across the yard today to empty it.......

Argh! They weren't flies, they were wasps. Suddenly buzzing everywhere around me. I had the three equines in the small yard and they watched bemused as I yelped and flapped.

Two stings, not hurting now. Phew.

Wasp nest entrance appears to be just under where the bucket was at the entrance to my tack room - must buy some wasp poison
    07-29-2013, 07:26 PM
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I managed to get stung by a bee yesterday when gardening and now have a swollen red patch on my side the size of a tea plate despite a shed load of anti histamines
I've upped willows work as she seems to be coping really well and no sign yet of unsoundness - I am not coping so well though and ache in places I'd forgotten I had!!!
Thank goodness for Ibuprofen
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    09-07-2013, 12:02 AM
All alone in Calgary

.... Well it's been awhile since I wanted to add to this journal, principally I think because I am now settled and living a day-to-day family life. Just typing that actually belies the great discoveries about myself and Canadians that I continue to make every day (and makes me a little guilty that I haven't been documenting them); perhaps I should resume my daily reflections.

Anyway, the reason I return to 'Canada Bound' today is that I have just arrived at a glorious Holiday Inn in Calgary with a ticket for Spruce Meadows in my luggage. This was a last minute trip because my husband failed to tell me that he had the tickets until a fortnight ago - which was of course way too late to organise a house sitter for the critters! I was going to come with a friend, but she dropped out due to similar last minute issues and so I am here on my own.

(On that note, I should really post something in the main forum offering my spare ticket to any local HF'er who has the weekend free)

I am gloriously, strangely, disconcertingly, happily, sadly on my own. Since February 2012 when this big Canada story started I have been forging on, all the while holding the hand, literally and metaphorically, of my son. It felt at times like him and me swimming through the currents of chaos. We rejoined my husband and became a threesome finding our way and sending out roots in the big New World.

I have made a home and filled it with critters. I have seen my son grow happy and confident again, and I have become much closer to my husband. I have also waved goodbye with surprise and relief to the last vestiges of chronic post natal depression. I have made friends, great friends.

When I suggested to husband that I come down to Calgary on my own, leaving him and son to housesit, I didn't really mean it...... then he said yes of course...then I booked the Holiday Inn and was of course committed! I am a world traveller, and I have made many journeys on my own - but as I get older, and as I create that HOME that I think my family need, so I become less and less keen to leave it. As I drove down the drive today I watched husband and son wave at my departing truck and I saw Fluffy Puppy follow me down the drive - looking lost to see me go. My heart almost snapped and I welled up!

But of course I am now here, and will enjoy my short lived freedom. Dinner of my choice, and freedom of time.

Oooh! Speaking of dinner; food has arrived!

More musings later.
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    10-04-2013, 11:35 PM
The Big Apple

When the move to Canada first came up, one of the big plusses was that I would be closer to my brother, who lives just outside of New York city. Of course, the reality is I am closer.....just. It is now a 4 and a half hour flight to him.

Actually when I first moved, there were no direct flights from Edmonton to NY. About six months ago the Big News in Edmonton was that United were starting a direct flight between the two cities. This was Headline news in Edmonton. I think it's safe to say it didn't make the news in NY.

Anyway - being on the same continent as him is actually a very comforting thing, and we are now only two hours different in time zones. But I moved here over a year ago, and we still haven't got together!!

Until now

I am writing this from my bedroom in Big Brother's house (my real one, not the stupid Television version) part way through a long weekend down here. Yes! I have left my son, my dogs, my horses and my chickens in the care of my husband. I prepared packed lunches, I left out piles of clothes, I wrote instructions, I organised friends and neighbours.... And even then I felt that I was abandoning them all.

But the weird thing is... Whilst I miss them....I am really absolutely enjoying being an independent grown-up. Today Bro and I went to the World Trade Centre memorial, and walked through Manhattan, had lunch, went to a museum, sat in a bar. Great time!! And this evening we went to the cinema / movie theatre.

I am loving this temporary escape from all responsibities. Ooh am I loving it too much? Will I run away?! No, I like my Aberta life and I very much love my family.
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    10-06-2013, 09:00 AM
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It is nice to sometimes step away from our everyday responsibilities-have fun!

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